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Fıratlı, N., La sculpture byzantine figurée au Musée archéologique d'Istanbul , Paris 1990 , 30-2 no. 63 [edit]

Base for bronze statue of Porphyrius, charioteer. Constantinople, Hippodrome. 500-510 [edit]

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FRONT FACE Upper register, Base of Quadriga: Aristides, Palestinarches, Pyrros, Euthynikos [= names of the horses] Band separating upper and middle register: All here and all there, and the diversium for a second time won only Porphyrius the highly esteemed. LEFT SIDE Surmounting epigram, according to Anthologia Planudea no. 340: To others, when they came to an end, to Porphyrius alone when he was competing, the emperor gave this award. Because often after he won he conveyed his own fast horses, took over those of his rivals and was crowned again. Hence there was unspeakable jealousy at the Greens, hence battle shout: As you delighted the Blues, Master, do to the Greens as well! Middle of upper register, above the heads of the horses: Nikopolemos, Radiatos, Pyrros, Euthynikos [= names of the horses] Band separating upper and middle register: The faction of the Greens; Whether it is in order or not, that does not matter much to me. Give us Porphyrius, so that those Porphyrius delighted by winning for the Blues he may delight by winning for the Greens. If not, may he take the demosion himself. RIGHT SIDE Surmounting epigram (Anth. Plan. 342): Him, Porphyrius, resembled the sculptor in bronze, so exactly he modeled him that he appears to breathe. Who will bring about the grace, the deeds, the divine inspiration of his art, and the victory that never was changed? Middle of upper register, above the heads of the horses: Halieus, Anthupatos, Kynagos, Pelorios [= names of the horses]
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